The Handcuff King
Harry Houdini's grand illusions and daring, spectacular escape acts made him one of the most famous magicians of all time.
Highlights from Asia Week New York 2016
We’re almost at the end of another exciting Asia Week in New York City! Asia Week is the annual March pilgrimage to Manhattan for Asian Art lovers. From the 10th-19th visitors were able to visit exhibitions, lectures and auctions.
World's Strangest Girls!
Back before Reality TV made the ridiculous seem normal, the traveling circus was the bastion of the weird and wonderful. People came from miles around hoping to see not only exotic animals, clowns and trapeze, but also acts promoted as breathtaking and bizarre.
The Four Stages of Collecting: Before You Buy
The Timeless Appeal of Popeye
Asia Week Wonders on Bidsquare
With a mission to celebrate and promote Asian art in NYC, the eighth edition of Asia Week New York kicks off March 10 and runs through to the 19th.
Keith Haring's Irreverent Style
Keith Haring (1958-1990) had a short but impressive career. No other artist has left a creative signature on the world like Keith Haring. His iconic imagery adorns the walls of galleries, museums and private collections across the world.
Cowan's Takes the Plunge
The original U.S. Navy diving helmet remains an absolute design classic. Resembling something lifted out of a B-grade Hollywood sci-fi flick from the 1950s, it was developed in 1916 in a drastic attempt to improve the Navy’s inefficient diving equipment and techniques.
Tagliapietra Seeks Spontaneous Perfection
Lino Tagliapietra sketches his designs in advance, but his approach seeks spontaneous perfection during the glassblowing process. As one profiler has written, "most of his decisions are made in front of the furnace”.
Philly Antiques & Art Show Returns with a Bang
Collectors from all over America are set to descend on the City of Brotherly Love this spring when the Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show returns to The Navy Yard by the shores of the Delaware River.
The Pursuit of Beauty with Louis Comfort Tiffany
Louis Comfort Tiffany declared that his life-long goal was “the pursuit of beauty.” Tiffany’s quest for his goal began with painting, continued with innovative interior design and largely focused on glassmaking.
Feelin' Fine in Florida
Any collector looking for a good excuse to escape the sudden spell of freezing north-eastern weather should circle Friday, February 19 in their calendars, then get busy booking flights to Florida.
Nothing Says Love Like a Moose
When most people think of Valentine's Day gifts they typically look towards the standards. Flowers, jewelry, chocolate...we've all been there and we all know the turf. But what to do if that special someone in your life doesn't really go in for the traditional Valentine's Day fair?
The Relevance of The Revenant
With The Revenant set to sweep the table at the upcoming Academy Awards, focus will once again fall on American Indians and the beauty of their culture.
Arm Candy: The Hermès Birkin and Kelly Handbag
Recently, an article in Harper’s Bazaar called the Hermès Birkin handbag a “better investment than the stock market.” Over the last 35 years, the Birkin bag has bec
The Beginner's Guide to Buying Antique Furniture
Americana Week, which runs the last two weeks of January, is in full swing.
Solon's Prized Paste
Likely many of history’s worthwhile artistic developments, the pâte-sur-pâte method of porcelain decoration came about purely by accident. A French term meaning, “paste on paste,” it was developed in 1850 at France’s Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres.
South to West
Art and antiques from the antebellum South mix with artifacts and art of the Old Southwest at the Winter Case Antiques Auction, set down for January 23 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Baranger Set Sales in Motion
The mechanical displays of Baranger Studios were a staple in the nation’s jewelry store windows for over 30 years. Manufactured in runs of about 30 each, Baranger Motion Machines were rented to jewelers under a contract in which the displays were rotated monthly.